Global marine conservation charity, the SEA LIFE Trust is hosting its biggest clean-up mission yet - a week-long beach clean event on a global scale, starting in Australia and ending in California.
It is estimated that 8 million tons of plastic waste enter the world’s oceans each year and that by 2050, the oceans could have more plastic than fish.
By running the Global Beach Clean, the SEA LIFE Trust hopes to help preserve the oceans and the creatures within them for future generations.
“Most of the littered plastic waste worldwide ultimately ends up at sea. The litter washing up on our local shores is not just unpleasant to look at; it also harms and kills our precious wildlife. Hundreds of species of marine wildlife including seals, seabirds, turtles and whales have mistaken marine litter for food resulting in starvation, poisoning and fatal stomach blockages."Ali Corbett, Spokesperson, the SEA LIFE Trust
It’s not just animals which are at risk of ingesting plastics, as Ali explains.
“Microplastics act as magnets for dangerous chemicals from the water before being eaten by plankton and filter-feeding animals. Once they have been eaten they quickly move up the food chain as predators eat their prey and build up in high concentrations in larger species, such as tuna. These can eventually find their way on to our own dinner plates! This Global Beach Clean provides a simple and effective way in which everybody can help to turn the tide on litter, starting with their own local riverbanks, park or beach – all litter ends up in our oceans."Ali Corbett, Spokesperson, the SEA LIFE Trust
If you would like to support the SEA LIFE Trust Global Beach Clean campaign and the teams who will be taking part in clean-ups from afar instead this year, simply text BEACH 5 to 70085 to donate £5 to the charity.
The SEA LIFE Trust champions the need for seas which are properly protected, free from plastic pollution, and full of diverse life. The Trust also champions ground-breaking animal care and rescue and rehabilitation through it’s two sanctuaries; the Cornish Seal Sanctuary and the world’s first Beluga Whale Sanctuary in Iceland.